52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 45 results

52 Ancestors #28: Joab Moore of Saline County, IL

Joab was a very popular name in my dad’s family. My grandfather’s name was Joab. His grandfather’s name was Joab, and so on back to my 4th great grandfather, Joab Moore. This is as far back as I can reach in the Moore line. Joab #1 was born in 1785 in either North Carolina (1850 census) or Virginia (1860 census). Many researchers believe Joab’s parents to be John Moore and Sally Goodman of North Carolina. Others believe “Joab” was misinterpreted and John and Sally’s son was ...

52 Ancestors #27: Sophia Arnold of Lenzburg, Illinois

Sophia Fredericka Arnold was barely 6 months old when she arrived in New York on June 19, 1843 from Hamburg, Germany. She came to America with her parents, Leonard and Christine; two sisters Katharine and Barbara; and a brother, George. Sophia is my maternal 3rd great grandmother.   While the Arnold family is found on the Sir Isaac Newton passenger list, this contradicts local lore that the family arrived in New Orleans and traveled up the Mississippi River to Illinois. Sophia ...

52 Ancestors #26: Philip Wolf’s Gunshot Wound

I am forever amazed at how the life of someone long passed has impacted my own … how the life and death of a man who lived 150 years ago had such an impact on my very existence, and that of my entire family. The Facts Philip Wolf was the first husband of my 2nd great grandmother, Margaret Ellen Lindsey. He was born in Tennessee in 1832 to James and Nancy Wolf, and was the first of 11 children. Philip was named after his grandfather, Phillip Wolfe (1784-1836). Jim Wolf likely moved ...

52 Ancestors #25: What’s that say?

Grandpa Douglas is a bit of a household name, even though Winfield Scott Douglas is my maternal 2nd great grandfather and died 5 years before my own grandpa was born. Grandpa Douglas is a man attached to stories told by his daughter, Phoebe, and her son, and his sons … stories that have been told and retold so many times that I feel like I can turn around at any moment and see Grandpa Douglas standing in front of me. He lives and breathes even 101 years after his death. Perhaps it is ...

Reuben Bramlett of Illinois: 52 Ancestors #24

I am utterly amazed at how much information is available on the Internet, especially if you know how to dig around and find it! I have compiled stories, photos, and documents on several ancestors. Reuben Bramlett is no exception. In fact, I ran across his name on the Illinois Gen Web page for Saline County, Illinois before I realized he was my 5th great-grandfather. I simply recognized Bramlett as a family name and started filling in the family tree. As I soon discovered, I descend from ...

52 Ancestors #23: Nellie Davis, Wherefore art thou?

Was Nellie Davis born on January 26, 1886? Or, was Nellie Davis born on February 25, 1886? The short answer is … both. The Davis Family I haven’t done a lot of research on Chili's side of the family. I have my own family mysteries to solve and adding his family mysteries just makes my head hurt! However, I recently ran across some information that caused me to go digging for Davises … and ultimately caused my head to hurt! My husband’s 2nd great grandfather, Ephraim Davis ...

52 Ancestors #22: The Almost Civil War Deserter, Joseph Dunn

Last week, I wrote about Lucy Jane Land and her long-lived life. While researching Lucy and her husband, Joseph, I found Joseph Dunn. Joseph is Lucy’s father-in-law and my 3rd great grandfather. Joseph Dunn was born around 1812 in Ohio, although various documents from census records to military records put his birth anywhere from 1809 to 1818, which is quite a range. I’m not versed enough in how the census was taken, etc, to even speculate whether the age was written incorrectly or ...

52 Ancestors #21: Lucy Jane Land

Lucy Jane Land was the daughter of the farmer. She lived to the ripe old age of 92 and was spry until the very last year of her life. She was third of 14 children, born on February 17, 1857 to Overton and Mary Ellen (Prather) Land. Lucy is my paternal 2nd great grandmother.  Raised in Cottage Grove in Saline County, Lucy was the first of her siblings to be born in Illinois. The family moved from Garrand County, Kentucky (near Lexington) in 1855. She attended school at least through ...